Waskowiak, Canevin cruise past Lady Lancers
Canevin (65) Vs. Neshannock (28)
Feb 20, 2013
By Ron Poniewasz Jr.
New Castle News

MOON — Erin Waskowiak put on a clinic for basketball fans at Moon High School last night.

Waskowiak poured in a game-high 31 points to lead the Bishop Canevin girls to a 65-28 WPIAL Class AA first-round playoff win over the Neshannock girls basketball team.

Waskowiak, a 5-foot-11 guard and Duquesne University recruit, added 10 rebounds and six steals as well for the winners. She tossed in 14 first-quarter points.

“That was an education,” Lady Lancers coach Luann Grybowski said as she walked off the court with her team. “Waskowiak is the best there is. It was basketball 101.

“Bishop Canevin is like a well-oiled machine. You can tell they’ve played three or four years together because they know where everyone is without even thinking about it. They all pass the ball real well and they all shoot it well.”

The second-seeded Lady Crusaders (19-4) advance to meet Mohawk, a 45-36 winner over Beaver, on Friday at a time and site to be determined in the quarterfinals. The top seven teams in Class AA from the district reach the state playoffs.

The Lady Lancers (12-12), trailed 9-0 before Erin Warvell banked in a field goal with 6:09 left in the opening quarter. Alexandra Fischer tossed in another field goal on Neshannock’s next possession to cut the deficit to 9-4.

That was as close as the Lady Lancers would get. Bishop Canevin closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run and extended it to a 19-0 spurt for a 28-4 margin with 5:30 to play in the opening half.

“I looked up and it was 17-4,” Bishop Canevin coach Tim Joyce said. “It didn’t seem like we had 17 points on the board. I thought we executed pretty well in the half court.”

The Lady Lancers trailed 38-11 at the half and 51-23 after three periods. Madison McHale led Neshannock with 14 points, scoring seven each in the second and third quarters.

“It was pretty tough. The floor was big and (Bishop Canevin) was awesome,” McHale said. “They had more experience than we did. They were on their game and we weren’t.

“I wasn’t on. Defensively, it was hard, too. We were all tired on a big floor. Especially playing against juniors and seniors.

McHale was 6 of 13 from the field with six rebounds. Katie Burrelli and Tayler Grybowski also pulled down six boards apiece.

“We had nothing to lose,” McHale said of how her team attacked the third quarter. “We just said let’s play our game and that’s what we did.”

The Lady Lancers recorded 24 rebounds, compared to 40 for the Lady Crusaders. Neshannock turned the ball over 18 times and Bishop Canevin lost it six times — just once through three quarters.

“They got all the loose balls and all the rebounds,” Luann Grybowski said. “It’s been part of what we haven’t done all year. I have to look at myself and do something different in the gym.”

Burrelli, a starting guard for Neshannock, is the team’s lone senior.

“She’ll be tough to replace because she’s a hard-nosed kid,” Grybowski said. “She plays aggressive.

“She’s the smallest kid on the floor, but she rebounds and she defends. It’s hard to replace a kid like that. She’s a tough kid. You can’t teach toughness. You just have to be tough. We’re going to try to work on that.”

Grybowski is optimistic for the program’s future.

“I would say the future is bright for us,” she said. “We have a good nucleus back with two good junior high teams in seventh grade and eighth grade that were very successful this year.”

McHale, who is just a sophomore with 711 career points, figures to be the team’s leader the next two seasons.

“I’m excited for the program,” she said. “I think we have a lot ahead for us. I think this season is a steppingstone for us.”

Said Joyce, “They’re going to have a good team at Neshannock in the near future. Those kids will develop and they’ll be a good team.”
Nightly Roundup
Feb 20, 2013 Nightly Roundups
Game Scoreboard
Canevin 22 16 13 14 0 65
Neshannock 4 7 12 5 0 28
Box Scores
Katie Burrelli 1 0-0 3
Cassidy Burrelli 0 0-0 0
Erin Warvell 1 0-0 2
Tayler Grybowski 0 0-0 0
Alexandra Fischer 2 3-3 7
Stephanie Paras 1 0-0 2
Marissa Kirkwood 0 0-0 0
Jackie Herr 0 0-0 0
Madison McHale 6 0-0 14
Isla Skalosky 0 0-0 0
Maeley McHale 0 0-0 0.
Totals: 11 3-3 28.

Carly Forse 7 1-1 15
Erin Waskowiak 13 4-4 31
Celina DiPietro 5 0-0 11
Gina Vallecorsa 1 0-0 2
Johnie Olkosky 1 1-2 4
Caroline DeFrank 1 0-0 2
Alaina McGuire 0 0-0 0
Erin Joyce 0 0-0 0
Natasha Rajakovich 0 0-0 0
Riley O’Donnell 0 0-2 0.
Totals: 28 6-9 65.

NESHANNOCK 4 7 12 5 — 28
BISHOP CANEVIN 22 16 13 14 — 65
3-point goals — Neshannock 3 (K. Burrell 1, McHale 2); Bishop Canevin 3 (Waskowiak 1, DiPietro 1, Olkosky 1).

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